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by small degrees

  • adverb by a short distance
    little by little; by inches.
    • they moved it by inches
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Great and small

  • of all ranks or degrees; used especially of persons. "His quests, great and small." Chaucer.
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in small stages

  • adjective satellite one thing at a time
    stepwise; bit-by-bit; piecemeal; step-by-step.
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Small arms

  • muskets, rifles, pistols, etc., in distinction from cannon.
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Small beer

  • noun something of small importance
    trifle; trivia; triviality.
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  • . See under Beer.
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small boat

  • noun a boat that is small
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small business administration

  • noun an independent agency of the United States government that protects the interests of small businesses and ensures that they receive a fair share of government contracts
    SBA.
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small businessman

  • noun a businessman who runs a business employing less than 100 people
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small calorie

  • noun unit of heat defined as the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree centigrade at atmospheric pressure
    calorie; gram calorie.
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small cane

  • noun small cane of watery or moist areas in southern United States
    Arundinaria tecta; switch cane.
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small cap

  • noun a corporation with a small capitalization
    • this annual conference is a showcase for ambitious small caps
  • noun a character having the form of an upper-case letter but the same height as lower-case letters
    small cap.
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small capital

  • noun a character having the form of an upper-case letter but the same height as lower-case letters
    small cap.
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small cell carcinoma

  • noun highly malignant carcinoma composed of small round or egg-shaped cells with little cytoplasm; lung cancers are frequently oat cell carcinomas
    oat cell carcinoma.
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small change

  • noun a trifling sum of money
    chump change; chickenfeed.
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small civet

  • noun a common civet of southeast Asia
    Viverricula indica; Viverricula malaccensis.
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Small coal

  • . (a) Little coals of wood formerly used to light fires . Gay. (b) Coal about the size of a hazelnut, separated from the coarser parts by screening.
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small computer system interface

  • noun interface consisting of a standard port between a computer and its peripherals that is used in some computers
    SCSI.
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Small craft

  • (Naut.), a vessel, or vessels in general, of a small size.
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small cranberry

  • noun small red-fruited trailing cranberry of Arctic and cool regions of the northern hemisphere
    Vaccinium oxycoccus; European cranberry.
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small farmer

  • noun a farmer on a small farm
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small fortune

  • noun a large sum of money
    • he made a small fortune in the commodities market
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Small fruits

  • . See under Fruit.
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small fry

  • noun someone who is small and insignificant
    pip-squeak; squirt.
  • noun a young person of either sex
    tiddler; nipper; tyke; nestling; youngster; child; fry; shaver; tike; minor; kid.
    • she writes books for children
    • they're just kids
    • `tiddler' is a British term for youngster
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Small hand

  • a certain size of paper. See under Paper.
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Small hours

  • noun the hours just after midnight
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  • . See under Hour.
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small indefinite amount

  • noun an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
    small indefinite amount.
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small indefinite quantity

  • noun an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
    small indefinite amount.
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small intestine

  • noun the longest part of the alimentary canal; where digestion is completed
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Small letter

  • noun the characters that were once kept in bottom half of a compositor's type case
    minuscule; lowercase; lower-case letter.
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  • . (Print.), a lower-case letter. See Lower-case, and Capital letter, under Capital, a.
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small loan company

  • noun a finance company that makes loans to people who have trouble getting a bank loan
    consumer finance company.
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small magellanic cloud

  • noun the smaller of the two Magellanic Clouds visible from the southern hemisphere
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small person

  • noun a person of below average size
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Small piece

  • a Scotch coin worth about 2¼d. sterling, or about 4½cents.
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small print

  • noun the part of a contract that contains reservations and qualifications that are often printed in small type
    fine print.
    • don't sign a contract without reading the fine print
  • noun material printed in small type
    fine print.
    • he needed his glasses in order to read the fine print
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Small register

  • . See the Note under 1st Register, 7.
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small ship

  • noun a ship that is small
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small slam

  • noun winning all but one of the tricks in a hand of bridge
    little slam.
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small stores

  • noun personal items conforming to regulations that are sold aboard ship or at a naval base and charged to the person's pay
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Small stuff

  • noun any light rope used on shipboard
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  • (Naut.), spun yarn, marline, and the smallest kinds of rope. R. H. Dana, Jr.
  • (Naut.), all kinds of small cordage. Ham. Nav. Encyc.
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Small talk

  • noun light informal conversation for social occasions
    chin wag; chit-chat; chitchat; chin-wagging; causerie; chin-wag; gabfest; chin wagging; chit chat; tittle-tattle; gossip; gab.
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  • light or trifling conversation; chitchat.
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small town

  • noun a community of people smaller than a town
    settlement; village.
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small voice

  • noun an inner voice that judges your behavior
    voice of conscience; small voice.
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Small wares

  • (Com.), various small textile articles, as tapes, braid, tringe, and the like. M`Culloch.
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small white

  • noun small widely distributed form
    Pieris rapae.
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small white aster

  • noun a variety of aster
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small-arm

  • noun a portable gun
    piece; firearm.
    • he wore his firearm in a shoulder holster
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small-cap

  • adjective of stocks of companies with a market capitalization of less than one billion dollars
    small-cap; small-capitalisation.
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small-capitalisation

  • adjective of stocks of companies with a market capitalization of less than one billion dollars
    small-cap; small-capitalisation.
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small-capitalization

  • adjective of stocks of companies with a market capitalization of less than one billion dollars
    small-cap; small-capitalisation.
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small-eared

  • adjective satellite having small ears
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small-for-gestational-age infant

  • noun an infant whose size and weight are considerably less than the average for babies of the same age
    SGA infant.
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small-fruited

  • adjective satellite bearing small fruit
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small-grained

  • adjective satellite consisting of fine particles
    powdery; pulverised; fine-grained; pulverized; powdered.
    • powdered cellulose
    • powdery snow
    • pulverized sugar is prepared from granulated sugar by grinding
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small-leaved lime

  • noun large spreading European linden with small dark green leaves; often cultivated as an ornamental
    small-leaved lime; Tilia cordata.
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small-leaved linden

  • noun large spreading European linden with small dark green leaves; often cultivated as an ornamental
    small-leaved lime; Tilia cordata.
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small-minded

  • adjective satellite contemptibly narrow in outlook
    petty.
    • petty little comments
    • disgusted with their small-minded pettiness
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small-mindedly

  • adverb in a narrow-minded manner
    narrow-mindedly.
    • narrow-mindedly, the authorities closed down the cafe where teenagers used to hang out
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small-particle pollution

  • noun air pollution caused by fine particles of soot (as from power plants or diesel engines)
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small-scale

  • adjective satellite created or drawn on a small scale
    • small-scale maps
    • a small-scale model
  • adjective satellite limited in size or scope
    pocket-size; pocket-sized; modest; small; minor.
    • a small business
    • a newspaper with a modest circulation
    • small-scale plans
    • a pocket-size country
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small-seeded

  • adjective satellite having relatively small seeds
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small-time

  • adjective satellite of minor importance
    nickel-and-dime.
    • a nickel-and-dime operation run out of a single rented room
    • a small-time actor
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small-toothed

  • adjective satellite having small teeth
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small-winged

  • adjective satellite having small wings
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smaller pectoral muscle

  • noun a skeletal muscle that draws down the scapula or raises the ribs
    musculus pectoralis minor; pectoralis minor.
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The small hours

  • the early hours of the morning, as one o'clock, two o'clock, etc. also "wee hours"
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wee small voice

  • noun an inner voice that judges your behavior
    voice of conscience; small voice.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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